August 31, 1994 |
Victims of obscene telephone calls in Pennsylvania can breathe easier, starting tomorrow. All they have to do is subscribe to Caller ID. The Bell Atlantic-Pennsylvania service, of value in many nonobscene scenarios as well, lets you know the telephone number of incoming callers. This allows subscribers to decide whether or not to pick up the phone. The special equipment needed to use the service also stores those numbers, so you'll also have a record of incoming calls.
February 25, 1990 |
New Jersey's statewide rollout of Caller ID has been under way since 1988, but a few areas of South Jersey may not get the new service until October 1993, according to New Jersey Bell. "We would like to have 100 percent availability today because we would have more sales if we did," said Jim Carrigan, spokeman for New Jersey Bell, who added that the company was making Caller ID available as quickly as it could. For now, 80 percent of the state has Caller ID, Carrigan said.
November 10, 1989 |
Despite warnings that some lives might be endangered, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission yesterday voted to allow Bell of Pennsylvania to offer Caller ID, a service that allows customers to see the phone numbers of callers before answering the phone. On a 3-to-1 vote, the PUC made only minor modifications in plans for Caller ID, which vice chairman William H. Smith described as a valuable service to help fire and ambulance companies save lives and to discourage obscene phone calls and false alarms.
December 30, 1989 |
Bell of Pennsylvania's proposal to begin Caller ID service suffered a setback yesterday when a Commonwealth Court judge blocked the service from being offered to the public starting on Jan. 9. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission had ruled earlier that the service could begin next month. But Judge James Crumlish Jr. said yesterday that the service, which tells a phone-call recipient the number of the party that is calling, could be offered only to emergency-service providers and not to the general public until his court had considered arguments against the service.
March 19, 1994 |
Bell Atlantic-Pennsylvania is seeking state approval to start offering Caller ID, a service that lets you know what number a call is being made from before you answer the phone. The proposal, filed March 7, must be approved by the Public Utility Commission. Bell Atlantic would like to begin the service in August. Caller ID, which has been likened to an electronic peephole, aroused opposition over privacy concerns when it was first proposed in 1989. But it has a good chance of sailing through this time because a new state law requiring stringent consumer protections has answered the concerns of many former opponents.
March 20, 1992 |
Caller ID is dead in Pennsylvania, in its present form, but could be resurrected in a new one. The State Supreme Court yesterday ruled the service Bell of Pennsylvania wants to market to customers, displaying to the person receiving an incoming call the telephone number from which it was dialed, violates the state Wiretap Act. Bell said it plans to go back to the Public Utility Commission with a new Caller ID-style plan. The new plan would offer "blocking," so that any caller who didn't want the person receiving the call to obtain his number would simply dial 67 before making the call, said Bell of Pennsylvania spokesman Eric Rabe.
October 25, 1991 |
Bell of Pennsylvania pulled a little surprise yesterday in front of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. In oral arguments over Caller ID - the optional service that would let a subscriber see, on an attachment to the telephone, the phone number of an incoming call - Bell said it would be happy to offer all customers free and unlimited ways of blocking the service. For more than two years, Bell had publicly maintained that giving callers the option of blocking Caller ID would defeat its purpose.
March 20, 1992 |
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said yesterday that Caller ID - the service that lets subscribers see the phone number of an incoming call - would violate the state Wiretap Act "and cannot now be offered in Pennsylvania. " That's a setback for those who would like to screen calls before picking up the phone. But it's a victory for people who don't want to reveal their own phone numbers every time they make calls. Opponents of Caller ID, which Bell of Pennsylvania first tried to offer more than three years ago, have fought the service on the grounds that it threatens privacy and violates both the Wiretap Act and privacy guarantees in the state constitution.
August 2, 1990 |
Consumer advocates called upon Congress yesterday to pass legislation that would allow telephone users to block Caller ID - a new service that allows the recipient of a call to see the caller's phone number on a video device. Regional telephone companies, including Bell Atlantic Corp., of Philadelphia, have been marketing Caller ID as a way to prevent obscene or harassing phone calls. But consumer groups say Caller ID forces callers, perhaps unknowingly, to disclose their numbers to insurance agents and department stores.
December 6, 1988 |
The telephone rings. You run to get it, but when you see who's calling, you think better of answering and let the phone jangle. Videophone? Well, not quite. Welcome to the world of Caller ID, one of a raft of enhanced-calling services available from New Jersey Bell beginning this month. Caller ID enables New Jerseyans to become the first in the country to see the phone number of an incoming call to their homes or businesses. The number is displayed on a device you can get from Bell Atlantic, New Jersey Bell's parent company, or another vendor.